But That Is Poisonous Isn’t It?

One of the common questions people have about Homeopathy has to do with the remedies that are made from substances that are poisonous in their original state.  Some examples of these remedies include mercury (Mercurius), deadly nightshade (Belladonna), foxglove (Digitalis) and Cobra venom (Naja).  In their original state all of them are poisonous yet all of them can be taken safely when taken Homeopathically.  How?  The answer is that there are no molecules of the original substance left in the Homeopathic remedy beyond the potency of 12C.  Remedies below a 12C have a few molecules in them, however they are so diluted that the molecules render no harm.

Here is how remedies in the C potency are created:

To produce a 1c potency of a remedy, for example, one drop of the mother tincture is added to 99 drops of an alcohol/water mixture and succussed (shaken by hitting the bottle on the palm of your hand from about 1 foot). To produce a 2c potency, one drop of the 1c mixture is added to 99 drops of an alcohol/water mixture and succussed. The number of a homeopathic remedy shows how many times it has been diluted and succussed, for example, a 30c has been diluted and succussed 30 times.

In general, most people use a potency higher than a 12C, 30C being the most commonly used potency for home prescribing and acute conditions.  Times when remedies are used in the lower potencies, such as 6c, are times when we are looking for more of an effect on tissue, such as teeth (cavity prevention), bones (osteoporosis), nails (strengthening) etc. Scheussler’s Tissue Salts are designed specifically for this use.

The next question that usually follows this is, “If there are no molecules left then how does Homeopathy work”?  This is the question that has eluded scientists for over 200 years and is one of the biggest weapons used against Homeopathy today.  The answer, however, is simple.  Even though the molecules are no longer present in higher potencies the “memory” of the molecules remain.  The energy of the remedy remains.  When we match the energy of a remedy to the overall energy of a person it results in rapid, gentle and lasting cure.  Sound unbelievable?  It may, but only to those who have never seen Homeopathy work wonders on everything from colds to depression.

Luckily, for the Homeopathic community, science is finally catching up with why and how Homeopathy works.  New studies are currently being completed that prove that water can retain a “memory” of substances that were once dissolved in it.  With these findings we will finally have scientific proof of something that Homeopaths have known for 200 years.  Homeopathy works.

Principles of Homeopathy

The Main Principles of Homeopathy

The Law of Similars:  The first principal of Homeopathy is the law of similars. This law simply states that if a substance causes certain symptoms in a healthy individual then it will, in turn, initiate cure in someone who is ill with them.  For example: Allium Cepa (Red Onion) causes watery eyes and a runny nose, therefore, it will alleviate those symptoms in someone who is experiencing them due to a cold or allergies. This is the same way that Apis (Honey bee) will alleviate the symptoms of someone who was just stung by a bee.  The symptoms of the ill person are matched to the symptoms that the remedy will create in nature.  Samuel Hahnemann discovered this when he came across information on Peruvian Bark and its success in treating Malaria.  To test his theory he took several doses of Peruvian Bark himself.  He documented his symptoms and found that they were similar to the symptoms of Malaria.  His conclusion was that because Peruvian Bark created symptoms seen in Malaria it would, in turn, help the body to cure itself of these symptoms.  Homeopathy has continued to be proved and tested in this way for over 200 years.

Proving:  Provings are another principal in Homeopathy.  A proving is how a remedy is tested to find out what symptoms it will create in a healthy individual in order to understand what conditions it will cure.
Provings are conducted, in most part, with the double-blind method.  A group of generally healthy people are gathered together.  Half of the group is given the actual substance being tested.  The other half is given a placebo.  None of the people doing the experiment know whether or not they are receiving the actual remedy or a placebo.  Over a period of time (usually 7 –14 days) those taking part in the experiment document their symptoms as they take the remedy.  From the documentation a group of symptoms are compiled and this information makes up the “remedy picture”.  There are different degrees to which the symptoms produced are recorded.  If everyone
receiving the actual substance exhibits the same symptom then greater degree is given to that symptom. If just one or two of the testers experience a symptom it is recorded to a lesser degree.  Many of the remedies we have in Homeopathy have been tested in this
way for over 200 years.

Minimum Dose:  Minimum dose is a principal of Homeopathy that is very unique, especially in today’s world of medicine.  Hahnemann proved that you could give very small doses of the correct remedy and bring about a permanent cure.  Higher potencies of Homeopathic remedies contain no detectible material trace of the original substance.

Vital Force:  Hahnemann uses the word vital force to describe the life force present in each individual.  He describes it as the force that separates someone who is alive versus someone who is dead.  He also recognized that some people have a stronger vital force than others. Vital force is not something that is stationary, but instead, very dynamic.  He believed that it was not the virus or bacteria that caused disease but the intimate nature of the being, the vital force.  If you have a strong vital force, you are less likely to succumb to disease. Homeopathy, instead of suppressing symptoms, raises the strength of the vital force so that it can effectively fight off disease.

Herring’s Law of Cure:  Cure occurs from the inside out and the top down.  It also moves from the more important organs to the less important (liver to skin).  Lastly, cure moves from the most recent symptoms back to the first symptoms to appear.

Potency:  Potency is the word used to describe how remedies are created.  Potencies range from the mother tincture to 10M and are created from a method called dilution and succussion.  For example: a potency of 30C is from the centesimal scale (1:100).
One part of the mother tincture is mixed with 99 parts of 87% alcohol and succussed (shaken) yielding the 1C potency.  This process is repeated 30 times to reach the 30C potency.  The liquid substance is then dropped onto lactose-based granules or pellets.